Yesterday (February 18) marked the first day of hearings in the largest active pay equity case in the country. The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) is in arbitration with Canada Post over the pay gap between Rural and Suburban Mail Carriers (RSMCs) and their urban counterparts. RSMCs – two-thirds of which are women – make approximately 25% less per hour than their mostly male urban equivalents.

“Canada Post says that there is no wage gap, but RSMC’s can see the difference on pay day,” said Nancy Beauchamp, Pay Equity Committee member and Chief Negotiator for the RSMC bargaining unit in a press release.

See the CUPW press release for more information on the hearings and click here for more information on CUPWs struggle for equal pay. The RSMC pay gap was also discussed in the MacLean’s magazine article “Why do men make more money than women?

Hearings are not open to the public.

Photo credit: Bernard Gagnon via Wikimedia Commons